Section 5 – Racing and Drivers Conduct

5.1 Starter’s Orders:

Upon taking to the grid for a standing start, or commencing the formation lap in a manual or rolling start, the driver shall be considered to have started the race.

5.2 Pit stops:

5.2.1 Drivers must adhere to series specific regulations regarding pit entry and exit.
5.2.2 Series organisers must clearly outline (either via photos or video) the pit entry and exit procedure to be followed by competitors.
5.2.3 Drivers are not to enter the pit lane on the final lap of any race and complete the race in the pit lane. Doing so will result in a disqualification. Exemptions may apply and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
5.2.4 Drivers may not pit under Safety Car unless receiving repairs for damage. All required pit stops must be completed under green flag conditions.

5.3 Points System

Upon completion of a race event drivers completing the event shall be awarded points in the following order:

1.       250
2.       200
3.       175
4.       160
5.       150
6.       140
7.       130
8.       120
9.       110
10.   100
11.   90
12.   80
13.   70
14.   50
15.   30
16.   10
17.   5 for every position further

5.4 Safety Car

In the event of a major accident the safety car may be called.

 5.4.1 The following conditions may consitute the calling of a safety car:
A) A turn one incident involving one or more vehicles.
B) A collision involving two or more vehicles causing damage and/or loss of time as a direct result of the collision.
C) A collision between two vehicles resulting in one or more of those vehicles being immobilised.
D) A single vehicle collision resulting in sufficient damage whereby the vehicle is unable to move off the racing line.
5.4.2 If the safety car is required, the following procedure should be carried out:
A) Driver(s) involved in the incident announce the location of the incident so other drivers know to be cautious in the area, confirm whether the incident needs a safety car.
B) Series Organiser (or appointed leader on the night) confirms the field is going to safety car.
C) At the next available safe location the race leader will slow the field to 80kph. This may be out of the next available slow corner or coasting down to the speed on a straight. The race leader must communicate where they will be slowing the field. For example “I will be coasting down to 80kph on this straight” or “I will slow to 80kph out of the <corner description here>”.
D) All vehicles that are NOT pitting slow behind the lead car in single formation to allow vehicles that need to pit space to pass the field. You must not overlap or perform any weaving until given permission to do so.
E) Vehicles that ARE pitting may pass the field and proceed to the pit lane. If you pass the field with the intention to pit you MUST pit or allow the field to re-pass and rejoin at the back of the train regardless of the position you were in before leaving the train.
F) Vehicles that receive service and are exiting before the train has passed must wait at pit exit for the train to pass and rejoin at the back. Where possible drivers should allow space for other vehicles exiting pit lane, should they need to take to the track to do this they should communicate that they are doing so and inform the train which side of the circuit they will be waiting on.
G) The Series Organiser (or appointed leader) will specify which safety car control location (if multiple) the field will resume from. Once the lead car crosses that line the race resumes. No passing may be done before the start/finish line.
H) The acceleration zone outlined in Stewards Briefings must be adhered to by all drivers. As the lead car you must not accelerate until you are in the acceleration zone. If the lead car accelerates before the AZ they (and any cars who follow) have breached the ruling and will be subject to penalties.
5.4.3 Abuse of Safety Car:
Any driver found calling a safety car for the explicit purpose to gain advantage or simply catch back up to the field will face severe penalities under grounds of bad sportsmanship.The series organiser must outline the safety car control location(s) in their stewards briefing.
5.4.4 Safety Car Window
The Safety Car window closes three laps from the finish of the race, any incidents that occur within those final three laps will not result in any safety car intervention unless the circuit is blocked.

5.5 Defensive Driving

5.5.1 Drivers are allowed to make one defensive move. A defensive move is the act of moving off the driver’s current racing line to block a move by a competitor.
5.5.2 Once a defensive move is made, the driver must retain their new line into the next corner.
5.5.3 Excessive weaving on straights to attempt to “break the tow” will be deemed unsportsmanlike and may incur a penalty.
5.5.4 Blue Flags: Drivers that are approached by a vehicle or vehicles that are preparing to lap them must move off the racing line at the earliest convenience and allow the vehicle(s) to pass unhindered unless the event is a multi-class event (please refer to 5.5.5 for multi-class events). Any intentional blocking, defensive driving, or contact while under blue flags may incur a penalty.
5.5.5 Multi-class Blue Flags: Drivers competing in multi-class events faced with blue flags must observe the following:

A) If the passing vehicle is a higher class vehicle, the lower class car must stick to the racing line and allow the faster car to navigate around them.
B) Drivers of higher class vehicles should do everything in their power to make the pass cleanly. With the lower class cars keeping to the racing line the onus is on the faster car to complete the pass safely.
C) If the car is of the same class 5.5.4 BLUE FLAGS ruling should be followed.

5.5.6 Lead drivers that have lapped traffic attempting to un-lap are not required to allow a lapped vehicle to pass and un-lap itself.
5.5.7 At any time vehicles are side-by-side entering a braking zone racing room of a cars width inside the circuit boundaries (white or yellow lines, kerbing is considered outside the boundaries) must be given at all times.

5.6 Driver Etiquette

5.6.1 Competitors must show full respect to directors, series organisers, series personnel, and other competitors at all times.
5.6.2 Competitors must not instigate or engage in public complaints or insults directed towards other drivers. If you have an issue with another driver, please contact a member of administration (either the series organiser(s) or a director) about the issue privately.
5.6.3 If an incident occurs during a session (practice, qualifying or race session), continue as normal and allow the stewarding process to take place. Do NOT engage in criticism of other driver(s) during sessions as you may find yourself in breach of 5.6.2. Any breach may result in competitors being penalised, suspended, or excluded from events.
5.6.4 Excessive attempts to distract driver(s) by weaving or flashing headlights may result in an unsportsmanlike conduct warning. Excessive warnings may result in a penalty. Cars should only use flashing lights (where available) when in another class approaching slower traffic, or when preparing to lap cars in the same class.